• Summer Travel Study

    Medicine and Public Health:

    East / West Medicine


Over the last six decades, the Chinese government has meticulously planned and implemented Chinese integrative medicine into various institutional contexts, where Chinese medicine and western medicine are blended to provide health promotion and disease treatment to patients. Shanghai, China’s largest and most modernized city, provides students with a chance to witness the unique integration of traditional culture, modern technology, and global perspectives.

The practice and understanding of integrative medicine (IM) varies throughout the world. In order to enhance understanding and to facilitate international collaboration and IM development worldwide, the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (UCLA-CEWM) is offering this 8-unit program on global perspectives of integrative medicine in China. This program will be hosted in Shanghai partnering with the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM). SHUTCM is one of the best Chinese medicine universities in China and the “innovative talents cultivation experimentation base” by China’s Ministry of Education. The University has more than 2,200 international students enrolled and contains 20 colleges or departments, three directly affiliated top-level hospitals. Through this program, students will learn about basic concepts and various techniques of Chinese medicine, China’s rapidly changing landscape, and integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues. 

The 8-unit program consists of two courses. In one course, students will learn about basic concepts of Chinese medicine and its roots in Chinese culture as well as the modernization of Chinese medicine. In the other, students will learn about China’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape and integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues. The second part offered in partnership with Fudan University School of Public Health.


Required Courses

MED 180: Global perspectives of Integrative medicine: the impact of Chinese culture and modernization on Chinese medicine practice in China

MED 180: Global perspective of Integrative medicine: integrative medicine practice in the current Chinese healthcare system 

Each course is 4 units

Course objectives:

  • To understand the concept and philosophy of Chinese medicine behind the practice within the framework of Chinese culture
  • To observe Chinese medicine practice and the various techniques in different clinical settings, such as solo practice, community health centers, and hospitals.
  • To get a glimpse of how Chinese healthcare system functions 
  • To explore some hands-on self-care techniques for managing your own health, including herbal preparation, Chinese massage, acupuncture and moxibustion.  

Budget and Financial Aid

Program Cost
Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee
Textbooks (estimate) 100 100 100
Tourist Visa 140 140 140
Airfare (estimate) 1700 1700 1700
Meals (estimate) 500 500 500
Spending Money (estimate) 300 300 300

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions, some meals, and health insurance.

Airfare, tourist visa, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, Internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the financial aid section of this web site

On Location


Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in each city. Rooms are double occupancy.

UCLA International Education Office reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.



July 31 - August 25, 2017




Professor Weijun Zhang

Professor Ka-Kit Hui

Program Fee

UC Undergrads:
UC Grad Students:
Visiting Students:
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.